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SGA: New Resolution and COVID Vaccine Requirements

SGA | Photo by Grace Ramsdell | The Wright State Guardian

SGA | Photo by Grace Ramsdell | The Wright State Guardian

Wright State University’s (WSU) Student Government Association (SGA) met on Nov. 23 to discuss Resolution 21-03, COVID-19 vaccination requirements and upcoming events. 

Resolution 21-03

SGA voted on Resolution 21-03, which proposes that WSU allow electronic payment services, such as Venmo, for student organizations for fundraising purposes. 

“Without Wright State’s approval to use these electronic payment services, student organizations face barriers to fundraise,” Vice President Sabrina D’Alesandro said. 

SGA voted on the resolution and passed it unanimously. 

COVID vaccination requirement

On Nov. 11 WSU Communications sent an email announcing all WSU employees must get the COVID vaccine in response to President Biden’s Executive Order 14042. This includes student employees. 

All WSU employees must submit proof of their vaccination status or obtain an exemption for medical or religious reasons by Jan. 4, 2022. 

“As long as folks are showing good faith effort to get that accomplished… with a shot vaccine regimen, they’ve got their first shot, the second one scheduled, there’s certainly some flexibility on the deadline,” said Dean of Students Chris Taylor. 

Updates and announcements

Director of Academic Affairs Krista Long is working to resolve issues with the LGBTQ scholarship application. 

Currently, the application does not allow for closeted students to have the opportunity for funding without outing themselves. Parents have proxy power over Wings accounts and could see their child’s answer.

“They’re having to choose ‘No’ because they’re not out to their families. So we’re trying to resolve that issue so that students don’t have to choose safety over funding in the event that they may not be accepted by their family,” Long said. 

Another change in the works is integrated writing course approval policies. Director of Internal Affairs, Garrett Regan, attended the Undergraduate Academic Policies Committee (UAPC) meeting and discussed the policy with them. 

The UAPC discussed updated requirements for integrated writing for exceptional circumstances, such as students being unable to take required courses because they were not being offered. 

“Students will have the opportunity to write a paper under the guide of a faculty member and that will then count for their integrated writing credit and it will have to be approved by their department chair report,” Regan said. 

Also in new business, SGA’s Speaker of the House Dai’Shanae Moore resigned as of Nov. 22, according to SGA President Jonathan Ciero. 

Upcoming events

SGA also discussed upcoming events, including commencement.

Masks will be required at commencement and spacing will be encouraged but not required. Graduates will be seated three feet apart from each other. Graduates who were unable to walk last spring are able to come back and walk if they want to.

Other upcoming events include the Engineers Without Borders euchre tournament on Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. Located in the Apollo Room, it costs $8 for students and $10 for non-students. It will be ‘Clue’ themed and have prizes for students.

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